Software & Apps Google Drive 81 81 people found this article helpful How to Upload Word Documents to Google Docs Read and edit Word files for free by James Marshall Writer James Marshall is a pro journalist who covers technology and computer troubleshooting. He is also skilled with Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, and other word processors. our editorial process James Marshall Updated on August 06, 2020 reviewed by Jon Fisher Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jonathan Fisher is a CompTIA certified technologist with more than 6 years' experience writing for publications like TechNorms and Help Desk Geek. our review board Article reviewed on Jul 09, 2020 Jon Fisher Google Drive Docs Sheets Slides Tweet Share Email Google Docs is one free way to edit Microsoft Word documents online. Once the Word file is uploaded, you can read it, make changes, and share it with others from your Google account. Since Google Docs files are stored in the cloud, documents can be accessed from any computer, as well as through the Android app or iOS app. Here's how to upload Word files to Google Docs. Screenshot of Google Docs web page on macOS. This guide was written using the desktop version of Google Docs in mind and should work with any version of Microsoft Word that uses the .docx format. How to Send Word Documents to Google Drive Google Docs is a part of Google Drive, so you must first upload your documents to Google Drive before you can use them on Google Docs. Open Google Drive. If you need to log in, you'll be prompted to do that before proceeding. Select New. Select File upload. To upload a folder that contains several Word documents, select Folder upload instead. Navigate to the file or folder you want to upload, then select Open. The upload process begins automatically. How to Convert a Word Document in Google Docs Now that the document is uploaded to Google Drive, you can keep it there for backup purposes or for sharing with others. However, to edit the Word document online with Google Docs, convert it to a format Google Docs can recognize. Open Google Docs. Click a Word document you want to edit. Select Edit in Google Docs. The .DOCX label next to the document's name lets you know it's in Microsoft Word format. To convert the file, select File > Save as Google Docs. A new version of the document opens in a separate window. You now have two versions of the file, the DOCX file and the new Google Docs file. How to Download an Edited Google Docs File When you need to download a file from Google Docs, you can do it from the document's editing page. Open Google Docs, then open the file you want to download. To tell which documents are Google Docs files and which are still Microsoft Word documents, look at the file extensions. Google Docs files do not have a file extension, so if there's a DOCX or DOC suffix after the file name, then that file has not been converted to the Google Docs format (which means that it's not the file you edited on Google Docs). Go to File > Download and select a file format from the menu that appears. Choose from formats such as DOCX, ODT, RTF, PDF, EPUB, and others. Choose a folder where the document should be saved. It may also directly download to your computer if you've defined a download folder for your browser. Select Save. Another quick way to download the Word document from Google Docs onto your computer is through Google Drive. Right-click the file and select Download. However, if you go this route, you don't have a choice of file format. It will automatically download as a DOCX file.